The Red Sox’s final Grapefruit League game of the year was a good one. Mookie Betts started the game with a bang, homering over the left-center field fence to make it 1-0, Sox. Not to be outdone, Brian Dozier led off the Minnesota half with his own donger to make it 1-1.
In the second, the Sox kept things going, as new-contract-haver Christian Vazquez started the scoring rally off with a double. Betts walked, hits by J.D. Martinez and Hanley Ramirez followed, and the Sox scored twice, to keep it 3-1. Price set down the Twins in order after that.
This was the theme of the game, as Price dominated through three innings and the Sox teed off. Betts and Andrew Benintendi homered in the fourth, and that made it 6-1 as Price handed off to prospective-lefty-in-the-bulllpen Bobby Poyner, who allowed no runs in the fourth even after Benintendi had an adventure with a ball in center.
The Sox went quietly in the fifth, giving way to Craig Kimbrel. who gave up a dinky single to Dozier and that was it. Addison Reed came on in the top of the sixth and cleaned out the top of Boston’s lineup, while Matt Barnes pitched the bottom half and did the Twins similarly dirty.
After this, the scoreless innings just sort of blended together. There was a nice play by Miguel Sano on a hard-hit ball by Xander Bogaerts, a Blake Swihart strikeout looking and Dedgar Jimenez pitched two good innings. 6-1 it was, and so the curtain falls on the Grapefruit League season, amen.